If the Marlins are around .500 at the All-Star break and approaching the July 31 trading deadline, outfielder Cody Ross figures the front office will be motivated to trade for outside help for the second half. If not......
"The goal is to be at the top," Ross said. "If you're not, then you want to be around .500 going into the All-Star break and trade deadline, and I think that's when they would consider are we going to add or are we going to subtract. If we're around .500, I think they would potentially make a move to help us out. Obviously, everyone in here wants to add. We want to let somebody help us rather than see some of us gone."
Ross said the Marlins need to get on a winning streak, something they've failed to do so far. Their longest win streak this season is four games, and they haven't put together a run of five consecutive wins or longer since April of 2009. Contrast that to a couple of the two teams at the top of the NL East, the Braves and Mets. The Braves have had a 9-game winning streak this season. The Mets have had separate winning streaks of six and seven games.
"We're waitning for that spark to get us going and get on that roll and try to ride that wave, but we haven't been able to do it so far," Ross said. "We definitely don't want to fall any farther behind than what we are right now. We had a chance the other night to gain ground on all teams in our division and we gave it up. If we fall any farther behind, it's going to be tough to get back up there. But we're never going to give up."
Hensley Remains Idle.....The Marlins will be without their top set-up reliever once again tonight as Clay Hensley continues to heal from a strained muscle on the left side of his neck. Hensley said he first injured his neck during the previous homestand and tried to pitch through the injury until it became too painful to continue. As a result, the Marlins have shut him down, hoping the injury will heal quickly without having to place him on the DL.
"We just kind of backed off and shut it down," Hensley said. "I didn't want it to turn into a month-long rehab process. It's better than it was yesterday. It's 100 times better than it was two days ago. I'll start throwing in the next day or so. I'm just letting it calm down."
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 3b; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Cody Ross, cf; 7. Mike Stanton, rf; 8. Ronny Paulino, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, rhp.
Rangers: 1. Elvis Andrus, ss; 2. Michael Young, 3b; 3. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 4. Vladimir Guerrero, rf; 5. Josh Hamilton, lf; 6. Justin Smoak, 1b; 7. Matt Treanor, c; 8. Julio Borbon, cf; 9. Dustin Nippert, rhp.
Umpires: HP -- Jerry Meals; 1B -- Mark Wegner; 2B -- Dan Iassogna, 3B -- Dale Scott.